3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central California
On Monday, a 3.7 magnitude earthquake rattled residents in parts of central California, including those in the San Francisco Bay area.
Occurring at 3:13 PM, the quake was centered 11 miles east of San Jose at a depth of 4.3 miles.
Luckily, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The last temblor to rock central California occurred on October 31st and was a 5.1 magnitude quake.
The recent shaker highlights just how seismically active California can be. On average, there are roughly 234 earthquakes each year between a 3.0 and 4.0 magnitude.
Every time we feel an earthquake it’s a reminder that the “Big One” is inevitably coming.
If you own a home in California, it’s crucial to have your foundation inspected for any necessary structural upgrades. Home’s lacking modern earthquake retrofits are more likely to suffer extreme damage and/or destruction during a large quake.
Homes most at-risk are those that have been built before 1980 and especially those before 1940, and structures that have numerous steps above the ground.
These homes lack the structural reinforcements necessary – primarily due to their outdated building and safety codes — to keep them from sliding off their foundation during extreme shaking. It’s estimated that there are 1.2 million homes in California with this structural defect.
Most earthquake retrofits in California cost between $3,000 to $5,000, with the cost being lower in Southern California in comparison to Northern California. Families from lower incomes may also qualify for additional grants to retrofit their properties.
If think your home may be in need of earthquake retrofitting, contact Julian Construction today and we will send one of our foundation specialists out to conduct a free, thorough inspection with a quote for repair.
We have extensive experience serving our Los Angeles community and nearby regions. In fact, Julian Construction has inspected over 30,000 structures in the area! Give us a call at (323) 733-3377 to schedule your free inspection or complete the inspection request form.